9th Sand Music Festival edition underway

Sand Music Festival

Sand Music Festival has started with high expectations of a scintillation show on when Saturday King Sounds is set to perform.

On Friday fans were treated to sounds of Jonny Zembani who gave perfect renditions of his father Lucius Banda's music, Sam Smack, Piksy and Nomze.

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Johhny doing Soldier's renditions

Reggae Sisters who brought out King Sounds to watch them and was thronged by a crowd of fans looking for photo op.

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One of the Reggae Sisters in action. Pictures: Pemphero Musowa 

Most of the fans were vibing to the music but the sand gushes tried to interrupt the fun which they took none of.

Impackt Events' Lucius Banda said in order for the arts industry and festivals to thrive, government needs to come in and support them as it does to sports.

Banda explained that for nine years fun seekers have attended the festival and they deliver what they promise. Their track record proves they have brought worldwide reggae dancehall star Busy Signal among other big names.

In his opening remarks at the opening of this year’s festivities he said: “These types of things require a lot of resources, so we ask you to be with us.”

Salim Bagus Minister of Tourism, Industry and Trade gave assurances of his portfolio’s commitment citing a number of headways they have made.

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Banda interacts with Bagus

“On our part as a ministry we will continue to work on policies which support the growth and development of the arts, we will continue to lobby for development of infrastructure and faculties.”

He added the ministry will continue to introduce measures which will make sure artists realise meaningful returns from their products.

“There is a huge demand for Malawian arts especially festivals in the world but information is not readily available. So, I appeal arts organisers to utilise online platforms,” he said.

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The audience vibing

One of the festival attendees Miriam Anish said she was excited with the roster for Saturday and urged other people to come.

“Iam looking forward to Saturday because a lot of international billed artist are performing so this should be fun.”

Some of the international acts include Ve Mapeezy, Raphael Pro and the Sierra Leones; Lox P, M.I.C, ITRIBE and DJ JESSE.

Vibes

Lucius Banda himself heats up the stage on Saturday with Agorrosso, Black Missionaries, Kell Kay, Wailing Brothers among others.